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As the Rabbitohs prepare to take on the Brisbane Broncos in Throwback Thursday this week, we throw back to Round 14 of the 1988 season between the two Clubs.

It was the eighth placed Rabbitohs against the third placed Broncos in Round 14 of the 1988 season – the first year that the red and green’s called the Sydney Football Stadium home.

The Broncos boasted plenty of big names, with the likes of Allan Langer and Wally Lewis as well as Michael Hancock and Gene Miles. The Rabbitohs meanwhile were a talented bunch that included Craig Coleman, Mario Fenech, Phil Blake and current Rabbitohs Football Manager, Mark Ellison.

A crowd of 10,871 braved the cold, wet and muddy conditions at Moore Park to watch the Rabbitohs down the competition’s new-comers by 16-4 in a match that saw all of Souths’ points come in the first half – a titanic second-half defensive effort from the talented Broncos keeping the crowd on the edge of their seats.

Adam O’Neill was the first to touch down for the Rabbits, finishing off an enthusiastic attacking raid that saw the ball swung out to his wing.

With the Rabbitohs looking well in control, some adventurous passing in centre-field saw the ball eventually find opposite winger Bruce Longbottom, who took a beautiful pass from Paul Roberts before racing some 40 metres to score.

Phil Blake – playing halfback for the match – then backed himself from the scrum-base by picking the ball up and accelerating through centre-field to score from 75 metres thanks in large part to his incredible turn of pace.

The Broncos wouldn't leave empty handed though, picking up a four-pointer of their own to Brett Le Man in the second half, who was the main beneficiary of two overhead passes close to the line to set him up. The final score would read 16-4.

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